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Morning Hits: Stars offseason, Miller lists townhouse, Oilers could make several moves this offseason and Forsberg to AHL
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (from a chat) Heika thinks the Stars could look at a right handed center in the draft or on the right wing. Elias Lindholm will likely be gone by the time they pick. Sean Monahan, Bo Horvat, Frederik Gauthier and Alex Wennberg could be options. The Stars might be willing to move up in the order to get the player they want. At some point the Stars will have to look at trading a defenseman. They may need to turn them into a more physical and/or a right handed defenseman or depth upfront. Defensemen Trevor Daley, Alex Goligoski, Stephane Robidas, Philip Larsen, Joe Morrow and Kevin Connauton are similar players. It may take moving two or three and replacing with one. Stephane Robidas, Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski could be candidates to be moved. Jordie Benn is a UFA and likely not coming back.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Ryan Miller has put a for sale sign on his Buffalo townhouse.
“I don’t know which way it’s going to go, so I’m not going to talk like I’m gone,” Miller said today. “I think I’ve got a lot more hockey in me, so being able to just kind of reflect and enjoy a moment is nice, but it’s going to be another hockey game and I have to prepare and compete.”
- David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: TSN’s Bob McKenzie said on Wednesday that the Oilers could consider trading their 1st round pick this year.
“If you’re going to be bold, that’s certainly a bold move. What the Edmonton Oilers really don’t need is another 18-year-old blue chipper. They need some help right now and using that first round pick as currency could get them that help right now.”
“They may use the pick, but they may try and parlay it into something immediate.”
McKenzie added that if they keep the pick, they could look for a strong, physical center or a defenseman. Defenseman Darnell Nurse would be one possibility.
TSN’s Darren Dreger added that GM Craig MacTavish may look to make as many as six changes:
“He wants to upgrade in all areas, starting in goal.”
Devan Dubnyk has been OK, Dreger said, “but the Oilers will look to improve.”
Dreger speculates goalies Ryan Miller, Jonathan Bernier or Mike Smith. On defense they could look at Kevin Shattenkirk, Andrew Ference or Mark Streit. At forward they could look at Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, David Clarkson and Matt Hendricks.
- Josh Cooper: The Predators send Filip Forsberg to Milwaukee of the AHL.
From twitter unless noted otherwise
- Joe McDonald of ESPN: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli this morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s,
“I can tell you this: I’m not trading Malcolm Subban,” Chiarelli said. “He’s young. He’s a very good goalie prospect and I see him in our future and being a big part of our future. We’ve got some goalie depth, but I’m telling you I’m not trading Malcolm Subban. There are other players, and we’ve got a fairly well-stocked cupboard of prospects, but I’m not trading Malcolm Subban.”
Chiarelli said that it’s “two to three years” or “might be sooner” that Subban would ready to play in the NHL.
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Mark Streit would be the perfect player for the top of the Bruins wish list for defenseman. Keith Yandle would also be nice, but it would take a huge package to get him. Jay Bouwmeester and Dan Boylewould be nice, but they have big money for next season. Oilers Ryan Whitney is an intriguing name.
“Whitney doesn’t skate as well he as he did prior to having some foot problems, but he can still play in this league,” said one talent evaluator that’s watched him play. “He can make every pass in the book and he’ll produce offense if he’s in a lineup like the Bruins.
“He could be a good fit there, but it all depends on if Claude [Julien] and [Peter] Chiarelli like him as a player.”
The Oilers did have scouts at two recent Bruins games. There are rumors that Hemsky could be one of the Bruins backup plans if they don’t land Iginla.
- Jim Matheson: Teams are keeping eye on Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin at the trade deadline.
- Nick Cotsonika: (Thinking out loud) – What if the Penguins brought Steve Sullivan back to play with Evgeni Malkin and moved Brenden Morrow to the left side of Sutter?
- Jimmy Murphy: Murphy thinks the Bruins need a top-four defenseman just much, if not more, than a top-six or nine forward.
- Howard Berger: Berger has a hunch that the Maple Leafs are quietly asking teams about Phil Kessel before the trade deadline, but otherwise will only make minor adjustments. Kessel is their only hope for a blockbuster deal.
- Lisa Dillman of the LA Times: With the salary cap going down next season, it may be part of the reason Jarome Iginla doesn’t fit. The Kings have 8 restricted free agents. The price to acquire him just as a rental appears to be too high.
NHL Rumors I: Bruins, Iginla, Clowe, Subban, Jagr, Roy, Luongo and Schneider, Leopold, Glencross and Nystrom
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- Wes Gilbertson: Two reports out of Boston are that the Flames could target goalie Malcolm Subban in any Jarome Iginla talks.
- James Murphy of ESPN: 3 sources have said that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had been interested in Brenden Morrow, along with Ryane Clowe and Jarome Iginla. So far he’s found the prices too high. All three sources added the Bruins don’t have the high-end defensive prospect the Flames want to go along with a 1st round pick and a roster player. The Flames would want Malcolm Subban. The Bruins continue to work on a contract extension with Tuukka Rask. One source wondered if Subban, Rich Peverley and 1st round pick would get it done for the Flames.
- Joe Haggerty: Haggerty is hearing that the Bruins could be in on other top-six forwards aside from Iginla. Maybe Jaromir Jagr or Martin St. Louis? The Flames asking price for Iginla may be too high.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Penguins still have the cap room to add Jarome Iginla, and hope to do so. There may be a sense of urgency with the Bruins after the Penguins addition of Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray.The Stars and Jaromir Jagr have begun contract extension talks.
The Stars have talked to the Senators about a Derek Roy. Roy is from Ottawa. The Senators may not want to pay a big price for him though.
There is a lot of interest in Ryane Clowe, but the asking price is too high according to one team executive.
Teams have been asking the Canucks about Roberto Luongo the last little bit, but they’ve also been asking about Cory Schneider. It’s unlikely they’d move Schneider even though they could get more for him. Sounding like any trade will have to wait until the offseason.
One team executive said almost everyone in Buffalo is available. Defenseman Jordan Leopold’s name is out there a lot.
Mark Streit’s agent is expected to start contract extension talks with the Islanders this week.
- Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald: Flames Curtis Glencross’ name keeps coming up in trade talks. He’d be a nice fit in Boston. The Flames had two scouts at the Bruins-Leafs game last night. If the Bruins don’t trade for Iginla, other pending UFAs are: Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy, Eric Nystrom and Ryane Clowe. Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t think the trade talk is affecting his players.
“I don’t think anybody in there is worried about that,” said Julien. “We’re trying to improve our team and that’s the thing that happens every year. I haven’t heard a peep in that dressing room about guys worried about getting moved. I think if we can make our team better, so be it, and we look forward to that. But right now, what we’ve got is what we’ve got, and we’re still good enough to win hockey games. That’s what we’re focused on.”
The Dallas Stars have traded left winger Brenden Morrow and a 2013 3rd round pick to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Joe Morrow and a 2013 5th round pick.
Brenden Morrow has spent his entire NHL career with the Stars. He was draft 25th overall in the first round of the 1997 draft. Morrow carries a $4.1 million salary cap hit.
Joe Morrow was drafted in the 1st round, 23rd overall in the 2011.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Top five Eastern Conference players that could be available: Marian Gaborik, Mark Streit, Mike Ribeiro, Jason Pominville and Robyn Regehr.
Team Trade Deadline Outlooks
Boston Bruins – The Bruins have the cap room and are looking to bring in an impact forward. They’ll go after Brenden Morrow or Jarome Iginla.
Buffalo Sabres – If GM Darcy Regier is going to be in charge of the rebuild, he’s got a lot of work to do. The word is they want to trade captain Jason Pominville. Drew Stafford and Ryan Miller will be mentioned in trade talk.
Carolina Hurricanes - There is talk they may talk to the Senators about Ben Bishop. They were looking to add a defenseman. Both Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain are available.
Florida Panthers – GM Dale Tallon is ready to sell, but they’ve been hit with injuries. Tomas Fleischmann is available. Jose Theodore could bring a team some goalie depth.
Montreal Canadiens – They would like to add a veteran defenseman and maybe Ryane Clowe. The Canadiens could use a little more grit.
New Jersey Devils – GM Lou Lamoriello has been looking for a top-six forward. They don’t have a lot to trade, and with the NHL in New Jersey this year, they may not want to trade their first round pick.
New York Islanders – GM Garth Snow has trade assets in Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov. They would like to re-sign all three. Streit is being coveted by several teams.
New York Rangers – They’ve been trying to do something for weeks. They’ve dangled Marian Gaborik. John Tortorella could be in trouble if they miss the playoffs.
Ottawa Senators – GM Bryan Murray may look to add a top-six forward. Matt Cullen would be an option. Players that could be traded are Peter Regin, Colin Greening and Ben Bishop.
Philadelphia Flyers – They’ve held talks with the Flames about Jay Bouwmeester. Some wonder if they would dangle Sean Couturier because he could help land a Pronger replacement.
Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins would like to add one more scorer. Iginla could be a fit. A shut-down defenseman would be a nice addition too.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Anyone but Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman could be had at the right price. It may be more of a quick re-tooling compared to a Yzerman trying to unload players. Martin St. Louis is a possibility.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Garrioch wonders if the Leafs will finally go after a goalie as James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have come back to earth. They’ve been linked to Jonathan Bernier and Roberto Luongo.
Washington Capitals – Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward are available.
Winnipeg Jets – They were trying to trade Ron Hainsey, but he’s been valuable and playing big minutes. Alex Burmistrov has been in the doghouse. They may be looking to add over looking to sell.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Trade talks are heating up.
Top five Western Conference players that could be available.
1. Jarome Iginla RW – Several teams are waiting to see what happens. Iginla should be given right to pick where he wants to go. The Bruins and Penguins will show interest, but Garrioch would bet on the Kings.
2. Jaromir Jagr RW – Jagr would make a nice rental. The Penguins could be one option. The Bruins, Kings, Maple Leafs and Senators should be interested.
3. Brenden Morrow LW – This would be a big decision for the Stars. It may be up to Morrow if he wants to leave. The asking price is high. The Stars are looking for three elements: a No. 1 pick, high-end prospect and another pick.
4. Ryane Clowe LW – He’s struggled but might need a change of scenery. The Sharks would want a ‘warm body’ if they were to trade the pending UFA. Some think the 30-year could be starting to break down.
5. Dan Boyle D – Has a $6.6 million cap hit that runs through next season. The Canadiens and Flyers were interested last summer. The Rangers have been sniffing around. Rangers GM Glen Sather is wanting to bring in an impact player.
Team Trade Deadline Outlooks
Anaheim Ducks – Expect them to stand pat. They don’t have a lot to give up and wouldn’t move Bobby Ryan until at least the summer.
Calgary Flames – GM Jay Feaster has to make decisions on Miikka Kiprusoff and Jarome Iginla. Jay Bouwmeester will also get interest.
Chicago Blackhawks – If they look to do anything, they could add a depth player or two in case of injuries. Corey Crawford and Ray Emery have played well, and you don’t hear Roberto Luongo’s name mentioned any more.
Colorado Avalanche – It could be GM Greg Sherman’s last trade deadline. Outside of their young players, everyone is available.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Team president John Davidson said no one is off limits, but they are in the playoff race. Players that could be available are Adrian Aucoin, Derick Brassard and Vinny Prospal.
Dallas Stars – There is heat on GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who hasn’t made a good trade since he took the job. Teams are interested in Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Brenden Morrow.
Detroit Red Wings – The Wings need to get a star, they have enough depth. That isn’t going to happen at the deadline, as they are more than one player away.
Edmonton Oilers – Oilers GM Steve Tambellini needs to decide if they are buyers or sellers. None of their young players are available. Ryan Whitney and Sam Gagner are available.
Los Angeles Kings – Ignore the denials, they are interested in Iginla. GM Dean Lombardi isn’t afraid to make a big deal, even if it means giving up three elements.
Minnesota Wild – Could be quiet for the Wild. Pierre-Marc Bouchard could get some interest. Matt Cullen and Niklas Backstrom are not available.
Nashville Predators – No one is sure what GM David Poile could do. They need help everywhere. Barry Trotz could get fired at the end of the season.
Phoenix Coyotes – GM Don Maloney’s hands are tied. Contract talks with Mike Smith have been put off, but he is expected to offer up $6 million to keep him. They need help upfront and have defensive prospects to offer up.
San Jose Sharks – GM Doug Wilson is in a state of panic. He’s called every GM. Clowe and Boyle are available. Wilson has a tough time making trades.
St. Louis Blues – GM Doug Armstrong has been looking for a left-handed defenseman all season. He’s looking for a top-four and offering up a prospect. Brian Elliot could be hard to move.
Vancouver Canucks – GM Mike Gillis has been looking for a center all year. He’ll likely make a pitch for Capitals Mike Ribeiro. Coach Alain Vigneault could be on the hot seat.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Bruins may have to cross Daniel Alfredsson off their wish list as the Senators refuse to drop in the standings. Jarome Iginla is a possibility depending on the price. Jaromir Jagr and Brenden Morrow are also possibilities. The Stars are undecided what they want to do with Jagr. Morrow has a no-trade clause, so ultimately he’ll decide his fate. Adding a blueliner may also be on their list.
Contract talks between the Stars and Derek Royhaven’t gone anywhere, so he could be on the move.
One NHL team executive wonders if the Flyers would consider bringing in Jagr as a rental even though they currently aren’t in a playoff spot.The Ducks are looking for a No. 2 center. They would have been in on Stephen Weiss before his injury. They have shown interest in Stars Derek Roy, but it’s not known if the rivals are a right match.
The Rangers have interest in Dan Boyle of the Sharks.
Bob McKenzie believes the ball is rolling on the Jarome Iginla trade front. LeBrun thinks the Bruins, Penguins, Kings and Red Wings make the most sense.
Word is the Flames will only move Jay Bouwmeester if they they are blown away with an offer. The Blues and Red Wings are among the teams that are interested.
The Senators may have considered moving Sergei Gonchar due to his UFA status, but with all their injuries, that may not happen. The Sens have hung in there and he’s played well enough that they might keep him around.
- Mike Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: Capitals center Mike Ribeiro’s name is making the rounds around the Maple Leafs. The Leafs are believed to be looking for a center and a top-four defenseman. They could look to bring in a veteran defenseman. They have nine capable NHL defenseman already. Other moves may take place to clear up the roster spots, though it’s looking more and more like they’ll try to make a playoff push with their current roster.
- TSN: There is talk that Jarome Iginlahas given the Flames a list of teams he’d be willing to go to, but Bob McKenzie can’t say for sure if the list exists.
Multiple teams have called the Rangers about Marian Gaborikto get a feel what is going on. The price is high. The Rangers are still looking for a top-four defenseman and a top-nine forward with grit.
Dreger thinks Jaromir Jagr back in Philly with Claude Giroux makes some sense.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Canucks are bringing their entire scouting staff to the GM meetings in Toronto on Wednesday.Teams like the Canucks (looking for centres), Philadelphia (defencemen), Rangers (a defenceman and depth forwards) and Nashville (offence) are looking to make a move before the April 3rd trade deadline.Teams will wait to see if Jarome Iginla becomes available.
Teams are chasing: Ryane Clowe, Brenden Morrow, Robyn Regehr and Nate Thompson.
Filip Kuba makes sense for the Rangers, but he’s owed $4 million next season.
Derek Roy and Brenden Morrow have been mentioned in Dallas, but don’t forget about Jaromir Jagr.
The Hurricanes plan on re-signing Alex Semin.
Teams may be nervous about Clowe. Was he more injured than was let on? He left Saturday’s game with a shoulder injury.
Sabres GM Darcy Regier is extremely cautious and intensely thinks things through before reacting. Friedman guesses that he won’t blow it up, but may make one big move and get a significant return back. Can’t see him moving all of Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville.
The Leafs won’t make a move that will jeopordize their playoff chances.
The Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod has chased Flyers winger Matt Read for years.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong on RFA defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk, ”You sign bad contracts when you sign contracts out of fear. We have stable ownership. We’ll match any offer sheet…We will get them signed at contracts everyone is comfortable with.” Armstrong added that “we’ve yet to see an offer sheet work with top-end players.”
The Blues also have RFAs Chris Stewart and Patrick Berglund.
Former CEO of AEG, Tim Leiweke, may be interested in being the CEO of MLSE.
Friedman is starting to think that Oilers Ryan Whitney may not be going anywhere.
- Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: If the Jets were to make a move, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff may look to acquire:
“I’d love to be able to acquire something that could inspire some more scoring for us,” Cheveldayoff said. “Our left side with Ladd and Kane has played well. Wheeler on the right side has played well. And the guys that have been auditioning up and down the lineup on the right side, you’ve seen some good things and you’ve seen some times where you wish you had more.”
“There’s a long line,” Cheveldayoff conceded. “But we’ve positioned ourselves well. We do have the assets that if the right deal comes along we can pounce on it.”
If the Jets are out the playoff hunt, they could dangle UFAs Ron Hainsey and Nik Antropov.
- Ken Wiebe via twitter: It’s possible that the Jets could trade defenseman Ron Hainsey before the trade deadline if the price is right, but it’s far from certain that they will.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: The Islanders began preliminary talks with defenseman Mark Streit last month. Sources are saying the Islanders will begin talks with Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov shortly. The 37-year old Nabokov has no plans to retire after the season.
“I’m enjoying it, I want to continue to play,” the 37-year-old goaltender said. “And I feel the same as last year — I like the guys here, I like the direction of the team. When the time will come, we will definitely talk [about next season].”
Despite not reporting to the Islanders right away this season, he did say on Friday that he’s willing to listen to an offer.
“Sure, why not? I’m open for anything,” he said. “Next year is far off, and right now I’m thinking about the next game here, this team here. I was never thinking about the [trade] deadline. I’m playing for the Islanders and I’m happy here.”
Indications are that the Islanders would like to extend Brad Boyes as well.
- Katie Carrera via twitter: Capitals lines: Hendricks-Backstrom-Ovechkin; Fehr-Johansson-Brouwer; Chimera-Ribeiro-Ward; Volpatti-Beagle-Crabb; Wolski-Perreault-Laich.
- Pittsburgh Penguins via twitter: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis Bennett-Jeffrey-Neal Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy Glass-Vitale-Adams. Defensive pairings: Orpik-Martin Despres-Letang Niskanen-Engelland Eaton-Bortuzzo.
- Adrian Dater: Avalanche lines: Landeskog-Stastny-Hejduk McGinn-Duchene-Parenteau Mitchell-OReilly-Jones McLeod-Kobasew-Bordeleau
- John Vogl via twitter: Sabres power-play lines: Hodgson-Vanek-Ennis, with Pominville-Ehrhoff, and Ott-Stafford-Leino, with Myers-Leopold.
- David Alter via twitter: Maple Leafs John-Michael Liles will be back in the lineup tonight.
- Dave Molinari via twitter: Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Joffrey Lupul won’t play tonight.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Brenden Morrow and Jamie Benn won’t be in the lineup. Philip Larsen is in, Jamie Oleksiak is out.
- Shawn Mitchell via twitter: Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Blue Jackets.
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: Ben Scrivens will start in net for the Maple Leafs.
- Michael Smith via twitter: Dan Ellis will likely start in net for the Hurricanes.
- Joe Haggerty via twitter: Tuukka Rask is the likely starter for the Bruins.
- Erik Erlendsson via twitter: Anders Lindback the likely starter for the Lightning.
- Steve Goldstein via twitter: Scott Clemmensen will start in net for the Panthers.
- Steve Zipay via twitter: Ondrej Pavelec will start in net for the Jets.
- St. Louis Blues via twitter: Jake Allen will start in net for the Blues.
Scouting the Stars … Nonis on Bozak and MacArthur … Oshie Sued … Granlund Reassigned … Montador Clears Waivers
- Dallas Morning News: From Dennis Bernstein and Mike Heika: the Bruins, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Blue Jackets, Wild and Rangers have scouted the Dallas Stars the last two games. The Stars scouted the Bruins-Senators game on Monday. Bruce Garrioch noted that the Bruins, Penguins and Flyers are looking for scoring help, and that the Stars have a decision to make regarding Brenden Morrow. Morrow has a no-trace clause.
- Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is unlikely to offer contract extensions to Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthurin the next month, though that can change, nor is he going to trade them just because they will be free agents at the end of the year. Nonis is open to trading both players, as he is with many others, but a deal would happen because of what they could get back and not about their contracts.
“I’ve never had a problem with a player who was going to be a UFA staying with the team after the trade deadline and then working something out at a later date,” Nonis said on Monday.
“Right now both Tyler and Clarke are playing well and seem to be happy.”
“Right now, I don’t feel compelled to move anyone by April 3. And I would have to say, at least at this time, I don’t expect anything to happen (extension-wise) by that date either, although things can change.”
The Leafs are open to bringing in a rental player, but it has to make sense in the short and long term.
“But here’s the thing with that,” he explained. “If you are willing to bring in a rental player, why wouldn’t you keep guys (like Bozak and MacArthur) who are already on your team? They have the same contract status as rent-a-players.”
- Eric Macramalla via twitter: Blues forward T.J. Oshie is being sued by his landlord for $12,000 after his dogs damaged the apartment.
- Michael Russo via twitter: The Wild have assigned Mikael Granlund to the AHL. He’d been a healthy scratch in four of the last eight games.
- Darren Dreger via twitter: Blackhawks Steve Montador cleared waivers.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Ray Whitney is in tonight. Brenden Morrow and Jamie Benn are likely out.
Quick Hits and Injuries: Realignment, waivers, Latendresse, Lupul, Malkin, Brodeur, Michalek, Benn and Morrow
- Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The Board of Governor will vote on realignment by fax this week. Should be done by the end of the week.
- Tim Wharnsby via twitter: Brendan Mikkelson cleared waivers. The Blackhawks placed Steve Montador on waivers.
- Brue Garrioch via twitter: Senators Guillaume Latendresse practiced. He said he passed his baseline test. Renaud Lavoie via twitter: Latendresse will be in the lineup tonight.
- Michael Traikos via twitter: Maple Leafs Joffrey Lupul practiced today, taking one-timers. Looking close to returning. James Mirtle via twitter: Lupul hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.
- ESPN: Evgeni Malkin will miss one to two weeks with an upper-body injury. It is not concussion related.
- Rich Chere via twitter: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Martin Brodeur’s sore back is getting better but is under doctors care and not skating yet.
- Brue Garrioch via twitter: Senators winger Milan Michalek didn’t practice this morning. If Michalek is going to be in and out of the lineup with a knee injury, Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if he opted for surgery.
- Dallas Stars via twitter: Stars Jamie Benn is unlikely for tomorrow with a wrist injury. Mark Stepneski via twitter: X-Rays show that there is no break.
- Mark Stepneski via twitter: Stars Brenden Morrow is day-to-day with a groin injury.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks could have some cap issues in the future. Marian Hossa contract runs through 2020-21, but if the 34-year old retires before it expires, they could get hit with a minimum of $4.6 million to a max of $9.2 million salary cap hit. They have about $4.6 million to fill 6 roster spots for next season. Brooks suggests the Blackhawks may have to use an amnesty buyout on Hossa to avoid future issues. Brooks thinks the asking price for Corey Perry on the open market would be for $9.5 – $10 million for 7 years.
- Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: With each loss, it makes it easier to trade Jarome Iginla. “The frustration of staying loyal to an organization that continually spins its wheels as time ticks away on your chance to win a Stanley Cup is clearly mounting, as Iginla takes one final week or two to decide if he wants to end his 18-year relationship with the Flames.” Iginla hasn’t yet told his agent which direction he wants to pursue. It would have to be tempting to put the Penguins, Bruins and Blackhawks on his wish it he decides to move on. The Kings could also be tempting.
- Michael Traikos of the National Post: The Maple Leafs could be both buyers and sellers leading up to the April 3rd trade deadline day. Will GM Dave Nonis look to trade their healthy scratches (Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles)? Turn their pending UFAs into draft picks? Acquire a top-line center like Avalanche’s Paul Stastny or stay the course? Nonis’ priority is to get the Leafs into the playoffs, and he’s made it clear he won’t mortgage the future to get there. He does realize though that they have 6 UFAs and 6 RFAs. Clarke MacArthur will be a big decision as he’s in the last year of a 3 year, $9.75 million deal. Nonis may not trade MacArthur for picks, but would he move him to the Sharks for Ryane Clowe? The Leafs will have to decide on Tyler Bozak as well.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson lists the top 20 unrestricted free agents that could be dealt: 1. Corey Perry (Ana) 2. Jarome Iginla (Cal) 3. Ryane Clowe (SJ) 4. Valterri Filppula (Det) 5. David Clarkson (NJ) 6. Daniel Alfredsson (Ott) 7. Mark Streit (NYI) 8. Brenden Morrow (Dal) 9. Robyn Regehr (Buf) 10. Nik Antropov (Wpg) 11. Ron Hainsey (Wpg) 12. Ryan Whitney (Edm) 13. Nikolai Khabibulin (Edm) 14. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Min) 15. Matt Cullen (Min) 16. Ian White (Det) 17. Ryan Jones (Edm) 18. Jordan Leopold (Buf) 19. Ryan O’Byrne (Col) 20. Stephen Weiss (Fla)